Tiaras, Queen Bees, Imposters and the Board Room: Lean In & Women in Corporate Governance

Christyne J. Vachon, Tiaras, Queen Bees, Imposters and the Board Room: Lean In & Women in Corporate Governance, 9 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 279 (2014)

Posted: 8 Nov 2014

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Christyne Vachon

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

This explores some of the issues that Sheryl Sandberg has identified in her book Lean In in the context of governance of business entities. Generally, at front and center is the lack of women at the top of management in U.S. business. Echoing words similar to Clinton’s, Sandberg urges the public that this issue is a crisis: “We can’t avoid this conversation. This issue transcends all of us. The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream and encourage more men to support women in the workforce and in the home.” In this article, I view the statistical data and recommend, in light of governance best practices and law, that businesses should take steps provided from the top to promote more women to upper level management, not just the board room, for the benefit of the business, as well as women and society at large. In addition, I examine what I term “things to be aware of” for corporate decision-makers and each woman who does occupy a position at the top of corporate management, particularly in key decision-making functions. With this article, the primary intent is not to add to the current understanding among legal academics and others of the existence of the actual disparities in top management. The article provides previously identified, by Sandberg and others, information about the disparities as context. From that context, the article sets forth specific concepts from Lean In as useful and important to guide business governance in light of the law.

Keywords: governance, women, board of directors, sandberg

Suggested Citation

Vachon, Christyne, Tiaras, Queen Bees, Imposters and the Board Room: Lean In & Women in Corporate Governance (January 2014). Christyne J. Vachon, Tiaras, Queen Bees, Imposters and the Board Room: Lean In & Women in Corporate Governance, 9 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 279 (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520115

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